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HISTORY

It was in the late 1800s when Redstone was first settled by one of the famous robber barons, John Cleveland Osgood, who expanded his coal mining empire with a somewhat utopian project of “industrial paternalism.” He built what is now the Redstone Inn and 84 cottages to house his employees and their families plus the opulent 42-room Cleveholm Manor, or “Redstone Castle,” for himself. Osgood’s experiment failed when the mines closed in 1909, and an attempt by his widow to turn the buildings into a resort collapsed during the Depression. Redstone has slowly risen from the ashes and defied the fate of having lapsed into another Colorado ghost town. Still, the old coke ovens along Highway 133 are vivid reminders of the region’s past resource-extraction history where coal, marble, slate, silver, lead, zinc and uranium were mined.

PRESENT DAY

Facts:  population: 130; elevation 7,203 feet; land area: 0.44 square mile

Known as the “Ruby of the Rockies,” Redstone today is an established community of artisans, a small year-round population, several second-home owners and an historic district lined with galleries, a general store, restaurants, and lodging. It attracts tourists, outdoor enthusiasts and photographers. It’s no wonder. The town and, indeed, the entire Crystal River Valley, is replete with endless mountain scenery, towering red cliffs, clear river waters, natural hot springs, and pristine wilderness. It offers an abundance of diversions in the summer, fall and winter: fly-fishing, hiking, cycling, kayaking, camping, horseback riding, cross-country skiing/snowshoeing, and more. Wildflowers abound in summer and the fall brings an unparalleled autumn display of color. Mother Nature is at her best throughout the area.

Close to Redstone, at an elevation of 7,992 feet, lies the town of Marble, another mountain gem with a population of 131 residents. It is home to the famous Yule Marble Quarry that produces a premium quality of marble reputed to rival the best of Italian stone. Fact: the marble from the Yule Quarry was used for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., among many other famous memorials and buildings.

Further along County Road 3, five miles past Marble, lies Crystal City, essentially a ghost town, save for a few summer residents, and the site of the most picturesque Crystal Mill. Built in 1883, the mill was used to provide power to the town in its silver mining days. For decades it has been the subject of many a photographer’s and artist’s keen eye. 

The spectacular Crystal River Valley, considered to be one of Colorado’s top attractions, extends from the Town of Carbondale, with Mount Sopris rising above it, to Redstone and on to Marble and Crystal City. It is a part of the West Elk Loop Scenic Byway for good reason.

 

Redstone

15184/88 Highway 133 Redstone, CO

$2,600,000 €2,216,822

Residential, Single Family

  • 8 Beds
  • 6 Baths
  • 2,142 SqFt
  • 11 Acres

Crystal River Compound. An unprecedented parcel of land with the ability to develop three homes on almost eleven acres with total privacy. Over 1000 feet of Crystal River frontage. It is rare to own both sides of the river and compelling to have...

251 Chair Mountain Drive Redstone, CO

$1,925,000 €1,641,301

Residential, Single Family

  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 3,492 SqFt
  • 32 Acres

As you enter this 32 acre family estate through the custom gates, you will be amazed at the privacy and beauty of your surroundings. Thousands of acres of public land border the acreage, which includes a magical red-rock canyon, with a seasonal st...

178 County Road 3 Redstone, CO

$1,849,000 €1,576,502

Residential, Residential Income

  • 17 Beds
  • 9 Baths
  • 7,708 SqFt
  • 7.78 Acres

Great opportunity to own historic Chair Mountain Ranch. Business has established nightly rental and wedding event income. Future bookings are included! Property encompasses a main home, five rental cabins, two rental apartments, outbuildings and a...

11258 Highway 133 Redstone, CO

$1,699,000 €1,448,608

Residential, Single Family

  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 3,793 SqFt
  • 3.9 Acres

Welcome to your "happy place." 3.9 acres of private living on 385 feet of Crystal River frontage. Whimsical features abound inside and outside this property. Riverfront decks, generous flagstone patio with fire pit, perennial berry gardens and yar...

750 Coal Creek Road Redstone, CO

$1,690,000 €1,440,935

Residential, Single Family

  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 4,636 SqFt
  • 70 Acres

CUSTOM LOG HOME ON 70 ACRESPerched in the middle of a seventy acre forest of Aspen and Evergreens, this 4,600 sq. ft. custom log home is stunning in its design and equally so in its location. The chef's kitchen, country dining room and two-story ...

15188 Highway 133 Redstone, CO

$1,600,000 €1,364,198

Residential, Single Family

  • 4 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • 2,828 SqFt
  • 6.1 Acres

Enjoy the peacefulness of the Crystal River, the views of the Three Sisters Waterfalls, fishing and hiking in an unrivaled setting with direct river frontage. This property hosts two livable homes that can be redeveloped. Redstone and its charmi...

14418 Highway 133 Redstone, CO

$1,495,000 €1,274,673

Residential, Single Family

  • 3 Beds
  • 1 Bath
  • 3,759 SqFt
  • Acres

Yellowstone on the Crystal! Hot Springs Ranch is a private, gated property in the heart of the Crystal River Valley, boasting natural hot springs, awe inspiring views, world class fly-fishing, and resident herds of elk and Bighorn Sheep. Nearly 9 ...

14418 Highway 133 Redstone, CO

$1,495,000 €1,274,673

Vacant Land

  • 370,260 SqFt
  • Acres

Yellowstone on the Crystal! Hot Springs Ranch is a private, gated property in the heart of the Crystal River Valley, boasting natural hot springs, awe inspiring views, world class fly-fishing, and resident herds of elk and Bighorn Sheep. Nearly 9 ...

15184 Highway 133 Redstone, CO

$1,000,000 €852,624

Residential, Single Family

  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 2,142 SqFt
  • 3.76 Acres

Enjoy the peacefulness of the Crystal River, the views of the Three Sisters Waterfalls, fishing and hiking in an unrivaled setting with direct river frontage. This property hosts a four bedroom home with an oversized two-car garage/workshop. Red...

65 Ruby Mountain Drive Redstone, CO

$945,000 €805,730

Residential, Single Family

  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,539 SqFt
  • 4.87 Acres

BRIGHT & HAPPY: It's like living in a National Forest when epic views are the main attraction. Bring the big views indoors with the easy-sliding window walls connecting the great room with the wide-open deck, it's perfection. This custom log hom...

1000 Redstone Boulevard Redstone, CO

$798,500 €680,820

Residential, Single Family

  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,902 SqFt
  •  

Crystal River At Your Door Step. National Forest and Pitkin County Open Space encompass this immaculate home. In addition to walking to town, fishing, hiking, bird watching, peace and serenity twelve months of the year. This three plus bedroom has...

274 Redstone Boulevard Redstone, CO

$634,000 €540,564

Residential, Single Family

  • 4 Beds
  • 1,811 SqFt
  •  

This immaculate home has many options for a new owner. Vaulted ceilings, open floor plan and plenty of light for residential or commercial uses. Zoned Village Commercial, the home has a lock-off suite with separate entrance for VRBO or guest quart...

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